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Akiko Shima, Isamu’s Grandmother
Akiko Shima is a Japanese actress who is best known for “Letters from Iwo Jima” directed by Clint Eastwood. She was born in Tokyo, Japan. She has loved and studied acting since she was eight years old. After graduating from high school, Akiko began her professional career as a radio personality performing for the popular program, “The Punch, Punch, Punch” (2nd generation) of Nippon Hoso (Nippon Broadcasting.) When she came to Los Angeles, she continued to work for Japanese Radio and TV stations including UTB as a broadcaster for over 20 years, and also worked for an English business channel program, Theater and voice-overs. After she joined various actors’ unions, she has enjoyed working as an actress in America. Her work in film includes “Letters from Iwo Jima”, “The 8th Samurai”, “Ghost Month”, “Usagi-san”, and “Masterless.” She has also worked in TV commercials and numerous voice-overs. Akiko is very grateful to have been able to work with the wonderful and talented director, cast, and crew of “American Hikikomori.”
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